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'A Simple Oath' by Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum
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'An Ode', by Zachary Wadsworth
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'Moral Courage' by Jesse Wiener
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Conductor Judy Clurman: 'You're just chuggin' along'
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Sing Out, Mr President: Andrew Jackson's One-Man Majority
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Conductor Judy Clurman: 'We need to be a strong people'
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'Truman' by David Ludwig
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'Admonition Of FDR' by Samuel Adler
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Judy Clurman: "I get teary-eyed."
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'A Theodore Roosevelt Round' by Thomas Cabaniss
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